England's victory in the first One-Day International against India in Rajkot on Friday (January 11) ended a wait of over six years in which they hadn't won against India in India. Perhaps an equally noteworthy aspect of the win was that this was the first international match that England were playing after adopting the policy of split coaching.
Andy Flower, Team Director and coach of all England's national teams till a month ago, did not make the trip to India for the ODI leg of England's tour, with Ashley Giles, the former England left-arm spinner, taking charge. Giles will henceforth be in charge of the limited-overs teams for England, while Flower will continue to be the Team Director and coach of the Test side.
Cricket has seen umpteen players become, or be forced to become, specialists in only one format, but of late the principle has been applied to coaching. Late last year Russell Domingo took over as coach of South Africa's Twenty20 International team for the series against New Zealand and has continued in the job in order to give Gary Kirsten more time to focus on the Test and ODI teams.